How to Tie a Vintage Hair Scarf in 7 Different Ways

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If you love scarves as much as I do, then you will want to see this tutorial to learn how to tie vintage hair scarves. There are seven different ways to wear your vintage head scarf here, so let’s get started on our trip back to the 1940s, 50s, and 60s!

Tools and materials:

  • Assorted hair scarfs
  • Bobby pins
Folding a vintage head scarf

1. Classic headband

Fold a 22 x 22-inch scarf in half diagonally. Bring the corner back up to the long edge.

Tip: when you are making the first fold, fold in the corner that has the tag and fold it just a bit shorter than the other side. That will hide the tag.

Making the hair scarf thinner

Fold the shorter straight edge into the middle and then fold it over a second time.

Tying the hair scarf around the head

Put the folded scarf behind your head, under your hair, and bring it up behind your ears to the top of your head.

Knot the scarf and position the knot to one side of your head. Pin the knot to your hair on both sides of the knot to keep it in place.

How to style a vintage hair scarf

Now you can tie a second knot and tuck the ends into the scarf.

Cute vintage hair scarf style

Or you could tie it in a bow. Fluff out the bows a bit after tying.

Tip: to keep your bow tight, pull gently on the loose ends and then pull tightly on the bow. 

Golding a large hair scarf

2. 60s headband

Fold a 28 x 28-inch scarf in half diagonally. Fold in the bottom about a quarter of the way, fold it in half twice, and then fold it one more time – that’s a total of four folds on the triangle.

Pinning the head scarf to the hair

Put your scarf on the top of your head and wrap it behind and under your hair. Position the scarf so that it can be tied at the side of your head and use two crisscrossed bobby pins to hold it in place on the side opposite where you will tie it.

Tip: if you can get bobby pins that match your scarf, then they will be well camouflaged.

Knotting the headscarf at the side

Now, pin the scarf behind your ear on the tying side, and then tie the scarf in a double knot behind your ear.

Easy hair scarf hairstyles

Here's the finished look!

How to do a kerchief hairstyle with a scarf

3. Kerchief

Fold a 22 x 22-inch scarf diagonally and lay the scarf on top of your head.

Adding a flower accessory to the hair scarf

Tie the scarf under your chin, off to one side. If you have a big flower or some other adornment, don’t be shy about adding it to this look.

This is the classic 50s "I don't want my hair to fly away" style!

Folding a bandana

4. Modified Rosie the Riveter

Fold a 22 x 22-inch scarf in half diagonally. Then fold up the corner end twice. That gives you a wider band than you had with previous styles.

Wrapping a bandana around the back of the hair

Wrap your scarf around your head starting at the back base of your hair and tying it with a single knot slightly off-center at the top of your head.

Tucking and tying the ends

Tuck in and pin any loose edges of the scarf. Then tie a second knot in your scarf.

Cute Rosie the Riveter hairstyle

Here's the look! I love the Rosie the Riveter style, but this way of doing it ensures there's a gap at the top, so it's not like your whole head is covered by the scarf.

How to fold a bandana

5. Classic Rosie the Riveter

Fold in one corner of a 22 x 22-inch scarf about a quarter of the way.

Placing the edge of the bandana at the nape of the neck

Place the folded edge at the nape of your neck.

Bringing the bandana ends to the front

Now bring the ends of the scarf to the top of your head, over the front point, and make one knot. Adjust the scarf to tuck in any loose edges and use crisscrossed bobby pins as necessary to hold it in place.

Tying the ends of the bandana in a knot

Bring the front point of the scarf back over the top of your head and tuck it under the tied part.

1940s hairstyle with a scarf

Knot the ends one more time. 

Classic Rosie the Riveter hairstyle

This is the classic Rosie the Riveter look!

How to wear a vintage headscarf

6. Undercover starlet

Drape a 13 x 40-inch rectangular scarf over your hair. Cross it in front and then flip the crossed ends to your back. Pin it at the top front to hold it in place. Now you can go out in pin-curls, and no one will know!

Old Hollywood vintage hair scarf look

This style of wearing a headscarf is very reminiscent of old Hollywood glamor.

Folding a small white scarf

7. Classic neck scarf

OK, this isn’t technically for your hair, but it’s still super fun and an iconic 1950s look. Fold a scarf in half diagonally, and then fold the pointed end in half twice so you have a rectangle.

Wearing a scarf around the neck

Wrap the scarf around your neck, tie it twice at the side of your neck and fluff it up a bit to loosen it.

How to tie vintage hair scarf

How to tie vintage hair scarf

I hope you enjoyed this trip back in time trying out these vintage hair scarf styles. Leave me a comment to let me know which one was your favorite. Thanks for joining!

Suggested materials:
  • Assorted hair scarfs
  • Bobby pins

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Join the conversation
  • Msf27430720 Msf27430720 on Apr 06, 2022

    Glad some one loves scarves like me. I have about thirty.scarves. I wear on everyday in the classic or boho styles. I even have a Pinterest headband board!! Love your hair color and vintage hair style. This real made the headbands more elegant. Thanks sharng!😇

  • Leslie Leslie on Apr 09, 2022

    Hi, the undercover starlet one you have to tie in the back after crossing in the front for another look. Also there is another look which I guess can be called the faux headband. Take a kerchief that is, or make into a triangle. Place on top of head with the point in back and the long side or folded side at the hairline. Pull the tails to the back and tie, NOT catching the point of the triangle. 🙃